As we savour the recent gold medals in men and women’s hockey at the Olympics held in Sochi this month, I thought that it would be a good time to look back to one of Kitchener-Waterloo’s Olympic hockey connection – the 1956 K-W Dutchmen Hockey team. The Dutchmen represented Canada at the 1956 Olympics held in Cortina, Italy, winning the bronze medal. Russia won gold, while the United States won silver medals. The 1960 K-W Dutchmen hockey team represented Canada at the Olympics in Squaw Valley, California and came home with silver medals . CBC-KW profiled the 1956 and 1960 K-W Dutchmen teams on their website, including video of a 1955-56 CBC broadcast about the team and this area. In the Record, Jeff Outhit recently wrote an article about Byrle Klinck’s memories of the 1956 bronze medal team.
The photo above was taken by the Kitchener Daily Record. Appearing in the photograph, front row, from left to right, are: Keith Woodall, Jack McKenzie, Bob Bauer (coach), Ken Laufman and Denis Brodeur. Second row: Harry Wharmsby (trainer), Art Hurst, Paul Knox, Gerry Theberge, Bob White, Byrle Klinck, Jim Logan and Ernie Goman (manager). Back row – George Scholes, Floyd Martin, Bill Colvin, Charlie Brooker, Jim Horne, Don Rope and Howie Lee.
There are so many great hockey memories from Waterloo Region. What is your best hockey memory or story?